EL entrepreneur up for award

BUSINESS PIONEER: Phumeza Ceshemba has been nominated for the 2019 Regional Businesswoman of the Year Award
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Hard work and sacrifice has paid off for East London businesswoman Phumeza Ceshemba who has been nominated for the 2019 Regional Businesswoman of the Year Award (BWA) in the emerging entrepreneur category.

Ceshemba is the owner of Sbongukhanyo Training Solutions (SBK), a fully accredited training provider certified by the Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Services Seta).

SBK Training Solutions is 100% black female-owned and was established in 2013.

The company specialises in personnel skills services, focusing on service supply to the government, private sector, non-profit organisations and the community at large.

“Being nominated in the emerging entrepreneur category has been very fulfilling.

“I like to sit back and reflect on my life – like playing my own movie. As entrepreneurs, we tend to forget to celebrate ourselves.

“This journey has reminded me of the joys and hardships that have shaped me into the person I am today. It also made me appreciate my family more as they are the ones who have first-hand experience of my highs and lows,” Ceshemba said.

The emerging entrepreneur award recognises woman entrepreneurs who have been involved in a successful business for less than five years, and is awarded by the Businesswomen’s Association (BWA) of South Africa.

The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony on July 27.

In May 2018, Ceshemba and SBK Training Solutions successfully applied to the SAB Foundation’s Tholoana Enterprise Programme which invests in entrepreneurs who show passion and commitment for growing the South African economy.

The two-year programme offers mentorship, business development workshops and seed funding and has a specific focus on youth, female entrepreneurs, entrepreneurs in rural areas, and entrepreneurs with disabilities.

“My biggest challenge was resigning from my permanent job knowing I still had responsibilities to my family and two kids who were aged eight and 11 at the time. I had to give my all to support my family.

“I started a company from nothing and never lost sight of my goal, which was to provide for my family,” said Ceshemba.

She said her vision is to be one of the leading training service providers in Africa and to contribute to the development of human capital.

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